Armed man steals cash | Police reports Dec.25-Jan.4

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A Chicago resident was the victim of an armed robbery on New Year's Day when he went to meet a man about a PlayStation 5 gaming system. 

After the victim arrived at 9:50 p.m. at the prearranged meeting place in the 100 block of South Taylor Avenue, the man displayed a black handgun and took $140 in cash from the victim. 

Police reports describe the man as Black with hair in long dreadlocks, approximately 19 to 20 years old and 5-feet-8, with a thin build. He was last seen wearing a maroon and white colored jersey and dark pants.



Someone removed tools from an unlocked vehicle in the 100 block of LeMoyne Parkway about 11 a.m., Dec. 28. Estimated loss is $800.

Someone entered an unlocked residential garage and removed a vehicle from inside, using the key left in the vehicle, between 2 p.m., Dec. 26 and 11:05 a.m., Dec. 28 in the 900 block of Marion Street. River Forest police later recovered the abandoned vehicle. The loss was unknown at the time of reporting.

After breaking a window to gain entry, someone took various supplies from the Pamper Room nail salon, 302 Madison St., between 7:30 p.m., Dec. 31 and 8 a.m., Jan. 1. The estimated loss is $2,000.

Someone damaged a door while breaking into Perfection Auto Body, 811 Garfield St., then ransacked a desk inside the business around 5:40 a.m., Jan. 2. The estimated damage to the door is $150.

Someone broke the driver's side window of a vehicle, then took a drill and saw from inside around 11:30 a.m., Dec. 28 in the 6600 block of North Avenue. The total estimated loss is $150.


Motor vehicle theft

An unknown man was seen removing the victim's unattended vehicle around 2:45 p.m., Dec. 29 in the 6900 block of Roosevelt Road. Estimated loss is $9,500.



Someone cut the catalytic converter from a vehicle in the 100 block of South Boulevard around 1:45 p.m., Dec. 26. Estimated loss is $1,800.

Someone took the front bumper and registration tag from a vehicle in the 600 block of Highland Avenue between 8 p.m., Jan. 1 and 11 a.m., Jan. 2. The estimated loss is $500.

A man was observed opening and taking various items out of packages delivered in the 200 block of North Ridgeland Avenue at 2:07 p.m., Jan 3. Estimated loss is $300.

A man took cash from a victim's hand, then fled at 3:01 p.m., Dec. 26 in the 1100 block of South Boulevard. The total loss is estimated at $20.

Criminal property damage

Someone broke the rear windshield of a vehicle in the 800 block of North Boulevard between 8 p.m. and 11:02 p.m., Jan. 2. The estimated damage is $100.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park Police Department, came from reports Dec. 25-Jan. 4 and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Anyone named in these reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated. We report the race of a suspect only when a serious crime has been committed, the suspect is still at large, and police have provided us with a detailed physical description of the suspect as they seek the public's help in making an arrest.

Compiled by Stacey Sheridan

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Bill Maxwell  

Posted: January 18th, 2021 1:44 PM

Brian Slowiak you brought laughter into my day. Cup cake, who would have known. We called one person in our group dildo, because it was related close to his last name. Another person was called smut, once again, close to his name. We laughed and we all enjoyed our names. It helped relieve the stress of the time. In retrospect, I should have been nicknamed coffee. You have a better creative mind, Brian. I am sure you still have that gem of a car and taking good care of it

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: January 18th, 2021 12:14 PM

@ Bill Maxwell House Coffee: In one of Joseph Wambaughs novels he mentioned the importance of a police officer having a strong nickname. There was once a River Forest officer who on a mid night shift during a sub zero morning in January ate a carton of 24 individually wrapped Twinkies in one sitting and earned the nickname , guess? Oak Park had a cherubic faced teddy bear smiling supervisor who dated my sister with a steel trapped deadly evil avenging mind nick named Cupcake.

Bill Maxwell  

Posted: January 17th, 2021 9:29 AM

Brian Slowiak Correction, I know you do not offend people

Bill Maxwell  

Posted: January 17th, 2021 9:27 AM

Brian Slowiak We all had nicknames and I was not offended at all. I was guessing if that was your nickname during your Service. I had a couple although yours was more creative and I do not mind at all. I know you do offend people and you have done some great work with youth. I could not mention some of the nicknames we had for each other in a PG rated newspaper

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: January 17th, 2021 8:39 AM

@ Bill Maxwell House Coffee: Sorry, the non de guere is "Boomer"

Bill Maxwell  

Posted: January 16th, 2021 11:01 AM

Brian "The Sausage" Slowiak what I was doing was clearing the original post up for better understanding. I think would both know that criminals do not like to do their business in front of an observing Police Officer. Crime can be reduced if people become more sensible which in turn means a Police Officer then has more time to police the locality they are patrolling. Citizens can reduce being a victim of a transaction if they are inside a Police Station lobby

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: January 16th, 2021 9:46 AM

@ Bill Maxwell "House Coffee": You and I stand back to back at Lombard and Madison, I walk east you walk west and at some point in time we will meet back at Lombard and Madison. I think we said the same thing just differently. The purpose of the police making contact after the posting on the net is not to collect a fine, but to obtain voluntary compliance with the law and safe guard the community. Community Policing is based in reducing the opportunity for the offense to occur. This offense is needless and there is the chance of an accidental discharge of a firearm and someone getting hurt or worse.Cut the chance for a crime to happen even if a police officer must monitor a contact from a safe distance. Thanxs for the challenge.

Bill Maxwell  

Posted: January 13th, 2021 12:20 PM

Brian Slowiak To clean up what I was writing. There are people who sell items through social media platforms. There are criminals who take advantage of this opportunity. You meet the person at a location, you rob them of their goods or money if they are buyers. So to get rid of this problem, you meet at a Police Station. The stops the need for Police Officer's to respond and continue with other Policing, and if the victim was also battered, meeting at a Police Station removes the need for EMS services which then means transporting to a Hospital where the Hospital staff could be working with others instead of some one on social meeting thinking it is safe to meet a person on the street bringing the value of goods or bringing money. It is the perfect set up for criminal activity so you stop it and meet at a Police Station to make the transaction

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: January 13th, 2021 12:04 PM

@ Jason Cohen; in regards to residency, I and my family are tied to Oak Park because of the pension. Therefore I have a vested interest in the health of Oak Park. DOOPERS, Dear Old Oak Parker, leave Oak Park by hearse, ambulance or walking away. I can not. Bill Maxwells comment is a bit cloudy. I don't know what he means.. Dwyers comment is his comment. Other towns have set up transaction safety zones to success, the idea isn't new, but borrowed and any offense can escalate in to a tragedy. Community Policing has a plank in its platform to remove the chance of an offense being committed.

Jason Cohen  

Posted: January 10th, 2021 1:08 PM

@Brian, if you don't actually live here why do you post? Your opinions have no bearing on anything here nor do you even vote here. Maybe you shouldn't have left if it's so hard to leave behind OP and all it's awesomeness? I disregard your posts already so all good.

Bill Maxwell  

Posted: January 10th, 2021 11:06 AM

Brian Slowiak You read reports of people meeting over social media meet for a transaction that sometimes leads to an armed robbery or injuries. It is not a lot of cases that happen that way although think of all of the agencies involved when it happens. You have Police responding and if injuries then EMS responds and then Hospital staff need to become involved. A simple meet removes all of it and the good news, not robber is going to meet at a Police Station. You know that so get your mind right

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: January 10th, 2021 10:48 AM

Brian, really, man. I personally do not disregard your comments because you moved out of town. I disregard them because 90 percent of the time they make little or no sense.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: January 10th, 2021 9:37 AM

I further acknowledge that I do not reside in Oak Park, therefore my comment should be disregarded.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: January 10th, 2021 9:33 AM

In order to prevent these pre arranged meeting/robberies what the police and village should do is build a $300,000 lighted open 24 hours accessed building with restrooms and a taped parking lot open 24 hours a day for people to do business in.Wait, they all ready have that and it is called the lobby of the police station. Pass a symbolic law that all transactions of hand held items must be made at the police department or in the lot with a fine of $1000 if business is conducted elsewhere, and never hold the police to enforce that. Set up controlled buys with warnings. Some one is going to get hurt. This is a blossoming offense that needs to be controlled. If the seller or buyer cant make the trip to the station a police officer has to dispatched to the scene to stand by. There is a failure here on Police Management, Community Policing and The Board to set up guidelines and stop this stoppable offense from happening. Private attorneys have used the lobby as a place to hand off children in visitation family issues.

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